Sunday, January 25, 2015

Top secrets

The past month and a half has been pretty busy over here, with nights slowly getting shorter and shorter, and ideas shaping every hour. My friend Lucy Peng (I've mentioned her several times before, mostly about Shoebox Circle) and I decided to collaborate on a very interesting competition; I can't tell you much yet until the winners are announced, but I can definitely say that I haven't enjoyed working with someone as much as I did with her - a true collaboration, both of us highly involved in all stages, and super critical about ours and each-other's work, and I believe that the results are wonderful. We joke about how obsessed we are with our own work, but we are truly impressed by the quality of results of this union.
The process was so rewarding that the results of the competition became kind of irrelevant; however, we are very curious to see what other people came up with, and what they have to say about our creation.
And finally, we are having hard times being patient and not sharing the work with you - until March, stay tuned.

- Meanwhile, check out Lucy's beautiful work on her IG @lluonthelloose -

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Witch

Exactly a month ago I posted a sketch of a design study for my friend's tattoo - he asked me to draw his little daughter as a witch. Here is an updated (and way more complex) version of the same:

The Witch

It's strange to post just tattoo designs on my blog lately. I've got two secret projects going on, will post them as soon as I'm allowed to.

Oh, almost forgot - got my first graphic tablet! So much fun! I'm working on my splitting-the-brain-in-two skills now and I'm curious if this new media brings new graphic ideas. Excited!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Poppies for P.

Another tattoo design request from a friend - this time floral. She reminds me of a poppy flower...
Some studies:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Just around the corner

Probably one of the longest holiday season is finally here

... with me enjoying random corporate holiday parties

aaaand some warm feelings in maaah feelers...

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, my dear followers!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Testing.. One, two, one two

Last week a friend asked to design a tattoo for him - he wants to have my drawing permanently inked on his arm, which is a great honor, but a pretty big responsibility at the same time, ha!
Anyway, he asked me to draw his little daughter as a witch. Below is the first try; I'm trying to avoid the witch hats and common accessories; now have to make her look like the girl. Will keep you posted!
The witch

The amazing Wang Shu

Last night I stumbled upon a photo in maaah archive.
During my last semester at IIT College of Architecture I was lucky to attend a meeting with students with the great Wang Shu, the founder of Amateur Architecture Studio and the first Chinese citizen to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The meeting with this beautiful man was held in S.R. Crown Hall; we were given an opportunity to ask questions and be flooded with his oriental wisdom.

After the meeting I finally built up courage to get his autograph in my sketchbook and he signed on the photo of Ningbo Museum which I had in there as an inspiration for my Masters Thesis project 'Seedarium'. He saw a tiny part of my sketch on the side and complemented on the drawing. I was so so proud, he made my month! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Last week I had one of the most memorable dreams. I was standing on top of a glacier, looking at the horizon, and listening to a strange narrative about falcons. It was a man's voice, low, talking slow and clear. He was telling me how falcons lived and floated on top of glaciers...
I was asked to look down. As I did, I lost my balance and slipped. I was about to fall on ice when suddenly I turned into a falcon myself and started flying. It was incredible! I was flying between the glowing blue canyons of ice and water, gliding in the air with wind in my face, overwhelmed by flying sensation...

--- Glaciers ---


Stumbled upon this eerie sound of the comet Rosetta today. The frequency has been altered for human hearing range and it's absolutely amazing. I can't figure out why I'm so mesmerized and obsessed by it.